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Foundations of Reading Series

We teach reading in different ways; they (students) learn to read

proficiently in only one way.” David Kilpatrick.


The 1997 National Reading Panel Report concluded that students need instruction in the essential components of reading: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary (also known as the Five Big Ideas of Reading) in order to become proficient readers. In 2000, the research continued to support this finding, with even stronger accumulative evidence presently.


CREA (with the support of SEEC) is excited to again offer the NDMTSS ‘The Foundations of Reading’ professional learning series aligned with the Science of Reading and focused on the Five Big Ideas of Reading. This three-part series is designed to provide educators with the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to address a variety of students’ needs in the area of reading. This learning opportunity would be beneficial for K-5 classroom teachers, Title teachers, special education teachers, interventionists, coaches, and administrators who wish to improve reading outcomes for all students.



The explicit and systematic framework of the Foundations of Reading series will target three key areas of instruction, assessment, and intervention, each in a full-day hybrid-style presentation. Site facilitators will guide the learning process in three physical spaces (Minot, Bismarck, and Valley City) as the CREA consultant delivers the content.


The Foundations of Reading series meets the professional development training requirements for all K-3 educators and principals established by the 67th Legislative Assembly.




Two cohorts will be available at a cost of $250/participant:

Cohort 1 – Oct. 4th, Nov. 8th, and Nov. 29th (2021)

Cohort 2 – Feb. 7th, Mar. 7th, and Apr. 4th (2022)


Register today to reserve your spot for this learning opportunity: https://forms.office.com/r/b5mDyARDT8


For further information or questions, please contact Colette Cunningham: colette.cunningham@k12.nd.us

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